The mission of Camp Summit is to provide barrier-free outdoor experiences that promote personal growth and foster independence for children and adults with disabilities.
For 70 years Camp Summit has developed and delivered outdoor camping experiences for children, adults and seniors with disabilities. Motivated by the fact that our campers and their families have few, if any, options for overnight and stay-away recreational experiences that also improves their independence, confidence and social skills, Camp Summit offers our programs to develop these skills and freedoms for our campers.
A critical component of our program is eliminating barriers faced by this special population. We provide a totally barrier-free and adaptable program for all types of disabilities plus, we address financial burdens, which are a very real barrier prohibiting participation.
Camp Summit successfully eliminates financial barriers for our campers through our Campership and Financial Assistance Project which provides sliding scale fees and camperships to 90% of our campers. This ensures that families can provide the life changing experience of camp for their loved one with a disability, regardless of any financial constraints.
Beginning in 2016, Camp Summit's programs are now offered at our new "forever home" in Paradise, Texas. This move to our new camp increased our capacity by 25% enabling us to serve a greater number of campers and reduce our waiting lists which have continued to grow for the past several years.
Our camping program provides a barrier-free environment where campers of all ages and disabilities can enjoy nature in a rural setting as they participate in traditional camp activities adapted just for them. In addition to having fun, achieving new challenges, and making new friends, our campers also improve their independence, social skills, and self-determination skills. Another critical and secondary benefit of the program is the respite it provides to their family and caregivers who care for their loved one with a disability round-the-clock.
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